About the Area
Fethiye is a large region set on Turkey’s stunning Turquoise coast. The area has long lured property investors and holiday makers alike attracted by its diverse beauty, year-round facilities and relaxed lifestyle.
With traditional villages and lively resorts nestled into rugged pine-clad mountains, a rolling patchwork of countryside or banking onto clear blue waters – there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
Most famed as home to the wonderful Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz, Fethiye is perhaps the most popular area for coastal property in Turkey with established foreign communities, a wealth of holiday let properties which attract premium returns and numerous apartments and desirable villas for sale, ideal for a permanent residence or holiday home.
Residential development in Oludeniz itself is prohibited therefore the nearby resorts of Hisaronu, Ovacik and Calis have become the favored areas for property investors.
For those looking for something a little more traditional or rural, Fethiye Town, Tasyaka, Uzumlu and Kemer Village are also popular choices and are still within easy reach of all the amenities.
Dalaman, offers the nearest airport, and provides year round flights to and from international destinations across Europe and daily domestic flights to Istanbul. Fethiye has an established bus station (otogar) which runs scheduled services to towns and cities across Turkey and local buses (dolmus) operate a frequent jump on/jump off service along most streets.
Fethiye fascinating history dating back to the 5th Century BC with archaeological remains in evidence from its Lycian, Carian, Roman, Greek and Ottoman occupations where it gained prestige as an important harbour town. Striking Lycian Rock tombs stand high above the town and much investment being put into renovating outstanding ruins of local historical significance, such as the Roman amphitheater in the town center.
Modern Fethiye was to the ancient world known as Telmessos and used to be the most important city of the ancient Lycian civilization.
Lycian legend explains the origin of the name Telmessos as, the god Apollo who fell in love with a beautiful girl by the name of Agenor, the youngest daughter of the king of the Phoenix. He transformed into a little dog and he made his way to a shy and timid Princess and eventually won her love. After which, Apollo transformed back and then his son Telmessos was born, whose name translates as "the land of lights"
Fethiye was the “Untouched Virgin of the Lands Lights” and today it is as if all the magnificence of the entire. Mediterranean was concentrated in the bay of Fethiye, its islands, coves, long sandy beaches, and the entire riches of its history and natural beauty are before you to explore .With its excellent seas, highly developed facilities, and entertainment beyond belief. Fethiye is a paradise that caters to your every requirement for remarkable holiday and lifestyle. The most impressive ancients’ ruins, the best sites for paragliding and water sports, most magnificent bays and beaches come together at Fethiye, along with mouthwatering gastronomy.
Central Fethiye boasts a long harbour front and newly extended promenade stretching from upmarket Karagozler to the east, with its deluxe private marina at Ece Saray and plethora of boutique hotels and pensions, to the popular shingle beach resort of Calis to the west.
With picture-postcard views to Sovalye Island, the largest of 12 islands circling the Fethiye gulf, the harbour is home to a bustling café and restaurant scene fed by regular sea-taxi services from Calis, ferry services to the Greek Island of Rhodes and gullet cruises popular with day trippers wanting to tour the striking turquoise coastline.
Fethiye town center itself offers a good high street with modern supermarkets, a cinema, fashion & furniture shops, banks, live music venues and Turkish and international restaurants and recognized food chains in good supply. Turn down a side street and you are drawn into a cool vine covered enclave of traditional bazaars in Paspatur, Fethiye’s ‘old town’. Housed in traditional shuttered Ottoman buildings, Paspatur has an eclectic collection of craft and carpet stores, jewellers, tea houses, cafes and spice and leather shops set around a warren of small squares cooled by overhead water sprays – an ideal escape in the height of Turkey’s summer heat.
As to be expected of a resort destination, bars and small clubs are in good supply and both Turkish and international tourists head to Fethiye each year to enjoy its nightlife and convenient access to the many beaches and private bays in and around Gocek, Calis and Oludeniz.
Ölüdeniz is the archetypal picture-postcard beach backed by dramatic pine-clad hills. Literally translated as ‘dead sea’, the stunning lagoon is a protected area, ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach and only non-motorized watersports are allowed. The main resort beach is a long stretch of coarse sand and shingle beach known as Belceğiz. Most of the houses, built in the traditional local Muğla style, are set back from the beachfront. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine. Shops stay open well into the night. It is a perfect family resort, great for a laid-back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development. Boats depart from the bay for trips around the surrounding coast. Paragliding is a big draw with the descent from the Babadağ mountains to land on Belceğiz beach, rating as one of the best in the world.
Fifteen years ago, there were only a few houses here but now it is a lively resort in its own right. Due to the planning restrictions and lack of space to expand in Ölüdeniz itself, many holidaymakers now stay in this lively village. It is in a stunning location, surrounded by stunning pine-clad mountains, and hotels are all built in the local style, low rise, mostly with rooms set in villa-style blocks and decorative wooden balconies. The beach of Ölüdeniz is just a short dolmush ride away (approx. 15 minutes), and the town of Fethiye is also very close, approximately the same distance away in the opposite direction. You can, however, easily spend your time in Hisarönü , lazing by the pool, and venturing out at the night to sample international or local fare in one of the many restaurants or visit its lively bars playing music well into the early hours. There are plenty of shops with a wider range on offer than in Ölüdeniz itself.
Ovacik is Hisaronu’s sleepy neighbour. Overlooked by the colossal Babadag Mountain, surrounded by lush pine forests and offering distant views across the Oludeniz bay in some places, it’s predominantly residential with many fabulous hotels, villa and apartment lets to be found at great prices. Ovacik is popular with those that choose to live in the area permanently as it is one of the closest areas to the famous lagoon where residential development is allowed. Recent years have seen Ovacik grow into a friendly and laid-back resort with a welcome mountain breeze suiting all those looking for some peace and quiet yet still wishing to be within easy reach of the lively nearby resorts.
For families and those in search of some peace and quiet, the budget conscious, or anyone wanting to stay self-catering then Ovacik is perfect. With excellent transport links to the busy resort of Hisaronu (5 minutes), Oludeniz beach (10 minutes) or Fethiye Town (15 minutes), it is an ideal and affordable base from where you can easily explore the region or simply lay back and enjoy the surroundings.
Set at the north-west end of the Gulf of Fethiye and blissfully unspoilt, the port town of Gocek is blessed with magnificent scenery and a lovely selection of high-end boutique shops and cafes. Backed by majestic mountains and substantial pine forests, it looks out over Fethiye’s twelve islands, which provide shelter for its almost circular bay making it an ideal, natural harbor.
Calis Beach is a delightful 4km stretch of shingle and sand, well known for its mesmerizing ruby sunsets and year round breeze. A minutes from Fethiye town centre, the area has seen much development in recent years with a good selection of high end villas and spacious apartments being built within five to 10 minutes’ stroll of the beachfront. A wide selection of hotels and restaurants serving international and local cuisine border its palm-lined promenade which is currently being extended to offer a direct route into Fethiye. Alongside frequent dolmus services, a scheduled river-taxi operates between Calis and Fethiye for those seeking a more scenic journey.
Uzumlu village takes its name from the abundance of grapevines (uzum) that grow in the area. Surrounded by rolling fields filled with grape, citrus and olive groves, babbling brooks and pine forests, the area is an ideal location for those desiring the quiet of country living within a short distance of the coast. Renowned for its local wine making, the village is just 15km from Fethiye and is growing in popularity with overseas investors who relish in its locally grown produce and outstanding country vistas. Uzumlu is at its prettiest in springtime when its fields burst into life with a beautiful array of poppies and wild flowers. Gourmets will delight in its annual Morel (Kuzu Gobegi) mushroom festival. The village has many old wood and stone houses and narrow lanes giving it a great character so far removed from the commercial holiday resorts. As Uzumlu sits further inland, buyers are often able to gain more property for their money compared to many estates in more prominent beachside locations.
One of the highlights of a stay in this area is a visit to the eerie ghost town of Kayaköy, literally ‘stone village’. Once the Greek town of Karmylassos, it was abandoned in the 1920’s. It has recently been the subject of renewed interest as it features as the setting for Louis de Bernières novel, ‘Birds without Wings’ which provides a fascinating insight into life here and the period of dramatic social change which took place in the time leading up to the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. There are around 400 houses here together with churches and other public buildings. It can be visited by dolmush on foot from Hisarönü or even on horse-back.
Not to be confused with the purpose built resort of the same name in Antalya. Kemer Fethiye is the polar opposite. A small traditional rural Turkish working town dependent on farming, Kemer has a peaceful atmosphere. With a patchwork quilt of open fields, a river running through the town and the pine clad Taurus mountains behind, the views in the town are superb. With plenty of day to day shops, a few restaurants, lokantas, cafes and a weekly open market, Kemer has everything you need for everyday living. Fethiye is just a short drive of 20-25 minutes along a good road. Not as well-known as other local small villages and towns, Kemer does not have such a large foreign resident population. However, it offers as much if not more than most. If you want some 'elbow room' and the peace of the countryside while being within easy reach of the 'bright lights' of the resorts in the Fethiye area, then Kemer may well be for you. Patara beach is under 30 minutes away and the ski center at Seki is about one hour away. The town has a good bus service with Fethiye so getting out and about is simple. Nearby places of interest, include Saklikent gorge, the antique site of Tlos and the natural beauty of Yaka park.
Known in Turkish as the ‘hidden city’ Saklıkent is a stunning mountain gorge some 44 kms from Fethiye, a narrow opening stretching an incredible 18 kms into the rock face of Mount Akdağ. A wooden walkway has been constructed above the icy cold waters of the mountain springs of Gökçesu and Ulupınar. If you are feeling particularly brave you can take a dip here, but otherwise the waterside cafes provide a relaxing break and a chance to enjoy the spectacular setting